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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,241
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 42
Gots: 755 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-21-2000

Brewed using a blend of imported and classic American aroma hops, and a blend of barley malts and rice. Budweiser is brewed with time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.
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Photo of wildwilll445
3.78/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer and still one of my favorites. It is good at what is does which is a cheap mass produced beer. Very consistent and I can drink a good number of these and feel very refreshed. Great at backyard barbecues. Not very strong or overpowering but still has just just a hint of spice

Photo of mempath
2.1/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

a-straw or faded hay

s-generic beer; something sweet, malty.

t-smooth (as in intravenous); slips right past the tastebuds if you don't hold it there; goes great with something really salty. so does coke.

m-sudsy, watery; every once in a while, i get that 'fresh' taste; it refreshes, but so does water.

d-that's the key, isn't it (and the latest campaign slogan for the light version). this is its strength.

i bought this for the super bowl. what was i thinking. it took me until today to finish this off. budweiser works really well in beer bread recipes. so do any beer, good or not. if you are going to drink this, make sure it is at least draft or bottle!

Photo of whynot44
3.3/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold color with a moderate white head that disipates fairly quickly but manages some traces of lace.

The aroma is mild hints of malt and corn.

The taste is also mild barely sweet bready malt with a very light dry grassiness at the finish.

Light bodied and extremely drinkable. Absolutely nothing offensive or outstanding enough to distract you from slamming it down. Probably the ultimate session brew and goes well with practically any food.

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.76/5  rDev +102.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best American Macro Beer out there. Good in any serving type, can, bottle, and tap. Appearance crystal clear golden color with a head that lasts a few minutes. Smells like a beer should. Taste, smooth pure and very clean. Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional, best in class and I would say best in the industry. You can never go wrong when ordering a Budweiser. This is America's beer drinking beer. It may not be the most complex or have the best palate presentation, or offer a fruity or nutty flavor, but who would want that flavor if they were actually considering buying an American Macro Beer in the first place?

Photo of Thomajt
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser...the true American beer?

I hope not.

While this brew is exceptionally better than bud light, I would be lying to myself if I said it was anywhere close to good. The beer is an all-around average drink which is semi pleasing on a hot summer day here in Alabama.

I think I read on the label that no other beer is as expensive to brew as this one... Must be REALLY outdated

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.43/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good offering within its category. As long as I don't have more than a few of these, all the world is okay. Good color, decent lacing for mass-produced beer. A good lager, enjoyable after a day's work out of a pint glass. Slightly bitter and dry. Really there is no other beer that tastes quite like it. Instead of slamming it like most others feel like they have to, I'm going to give it a thumbs up - Cheers to the King!

Photo of cratez
2.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light, clear yellow body with a paper thin white head. The head lasts longer than comparable macros.

Smell: corn, cereal grains, and lighter fluid. These smells combine for an overarching cow manure aroma.

Taste: thin cereal grain maltiness, slight bitterness precedes some wheat and water in the aftertaste. Aside from Coors Light, I can't think of a beer that tastes more like nothing. Formidable in its mediocrity.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated Perrier water.

Drinkability: like all macros, this is inoffensive enough to be drinkable. But there's nothing 'distinct' about Budweiser - it's no different than the other macro brews. Unless nothing else is available, I don't plan on drinking this again.

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A word to the wise - don't mock certain things when out drinking with certain people, people whose turn it is to buy the round. I'm just saying, but hey, lemons and lemonade...

A 20oz pint of this plops down on the bar, in a sparkly clean Bud Light glass - too much to hope for exact brand consistency, I suppose. The beer appears a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with a bare modicum of thinly foamy, bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a surprising bit of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of middling corn and grainy rice 'malt', a bit of stony hard water minerality, and damned near nothing in the way of hops. The taste is more breakfast cereal rice, with a lesser sickly corn sweetness, an ethereally faint, indistinct, New Jersey laboratory fruitiness, and, dum-da-da-dum: still no hops here folks.

The carbonation is a bit much up front, but skitters away soon enough, the body medium-light for the style, more than a bit watery, and smooth by committee diktat. This all makes for a plain, off-dry finish, and thankfully not very much of it.

Innocuous, and easy enough to put back, but in the same way as a sandwich made with Wonderbread, you'll feel sort of guilty and empty afterwards. The 'drinkability' hacks probably pushed the IBU rating here into the negative range, but I actually have no problem downing it, particularly if I'm distracted, and already a bit sauced, which, thankfully, I am. Still no reason to make this your beer of choice, though.

Photo of ruckus232
2.93/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce can

Appearance: Pale yellow color with little head that diminishes quickly

Smell: Not strong in any smell but hints of grain and even a small hint of sweetness

Taste: Not strong in any taste but hints of grain, almost a bread type taste

Drinkability: Despite the lack of flavor, it is still a crisp tasting beer that is fairly refreshing. This would make a great summertime with friends drink.

Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +66%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A pale straw color with a ton of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant. There was a foamy one finger head but it dropped like a rock.

Nose: There is a grainy corn aroma. There is a slight hint of green apples resin, and rice.

Taste: The beer has a cooked rice with a grain taste. There are a slight hint of the beechwood that they used to age the beer.

Overall: This beer has a very light body with a high carbonation and a very thin but not watery body. The finish is nil. This beer is good for its style but that is pushing it.

Photo of yemenmocha
1.97/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours very light golden color with nice clarity. Head is nice at first but dissipates quickly. Appearance is perhaps the best feature of this beer.

Nose is very, very subdued with a clean grain/malty/toasty component.

On the palate the lightness in flavor is the most noticeable feature, with a constant struggle to enjoy the malt even though it is very cereal & grain like in flavor. The beer appears overly carbonated, but perhaps that is because the palate focuses on this due to there being nothing else worthy of attention.

Watery, light finish. Not offensive, but not inspiring in the least. Would prefer water without the calories.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.55/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer for a Super Bowl Sunday. Poured down more than a couple yesterday. Very good for mass produced beer. Always consistent. Again, nothing special, just a good beer if you are having more than one and an excellent accompanyment to the mandatory hot wings and pizza at the party.

Photo of pabstsmear
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My father in law will drink nothing but Bud and he and many others keep this macro at the top of it's class. I find that it smells and tastes of rice with a hint of malt. When poured into a glass it produces an enourmous head which quickly disipates leaving a yellow clear brew. When served ice cold it is very drinkable and it probably is the most consistent tasting beer on the market. I have never had a skunk one and find no matter where I have one it tastes the same. For the price (18 pk for $9.99) it would be the go to beer versus the other macros in this price range. However, I'll take a 12 pack of Harpoon IPA for $10.99 any day.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

American adjunct lager. Ah yeah. This is actually an old family favorite. Drink one or two almost every time I visit my dad.

Dumped it straight down the pipe to make a pretty big head. Doesn't look too terrible. Dark peepee yellow under a snow white head lasting the entire time it took me to pencil this down and counting. At least it's not straw yellow (sure sign of something nasty).

Smells, well, bad. I guess it's to late in the game to change the recipe but damn. You'd think millions of dollars would allow you to come up with a good scent.

Tastes better than it smells. Probably because there isn't much taste but there is a bad smell.

Not smooth, but smoother than you'd think. Carbonation isn't completely in your face. Far from my first choice, but not my last choice either. King of Beers. Great American Lager.

Overall: It'll do in a pinch

Photo of KBoudreau66
2.57/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Another macro brewed beer that I grew up on. Has that light yellow color that resembles urine, but is certainly drinkable if you're not in the mood to spend extra cash on a micro, or obviously if you're at a keg party or watching a football game with a bunch of people.

Photo of ghebel
3.08/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Perfectly clear, pale straw color. Medium sized white head made of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. The beer would probably continue to bubble longer than I usually leave it in the glass.

S - Malt, grains and alcohol. Hint of fruitiness. I don't know if this is due to an adjunct or possibly a minor ester?

T - Same as smell, but there is a mild bitterness too.

M - Thin, high carbonation. Sort of burns the throat on the way down like Coke. I kind of like "the burn".

D - I am giving it high marks in this category because this is where the American lagers shine. They are made for high consumption and easy drinking. Bud accomplishes this.

Overall - I grew up drinking the Macros and will probably always drink a few of them. Bud is a staple in this style.

Photo of CMW
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

As I pour the beer into a pilsner glass the clearness cannot be ignored. It pours a pale yellow straw color with a strong level of carbonation. God help you if your Budweiser gets the least bit shaken, you're getting showered. A nice fluffy white two finger head forms and dissipates quickly and does leave some nice lacing around the glass.

The aroma is fairly straightforward. I detect some light malt and hops. It smells grainy, like a heavy corn or rice additive was used. I'm not very impressed.

Upfront I catch the malt with corn or rice. I can taste some hops through the finish. Budweiser is an extremely crisp beer and this should be apparent by the carbonation level. This beer has very little depth and a very basic flavor profile.

Photo of CampusCrew
1.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I actually use it for low county boils or other cooking ideas. not good for drinking

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. only good for long hot days.

Photo of larsee01
2.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A--Moderate carbonation. Decent head...not creamy, but small, tight bubbles. Clear, light straw color.

S--Very faint. Mineral-y. Mildly sweet. Clear, clean adjunct. Nondescript. The rice?

T--Mildly sweet and clean. A bit medicinal/phenolic? Rather bland.

M--Thin. I'd call it refreshing, but not a lot here.


Photo of JamesS
3.02/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very golden yellow with quite a bit of head and carbonation, but no lacing. Sweet malty scent, hints of rice/corn. All right taste, almost neutral, with a bit of skunkiness. Goes down very smoothly. Far from my favorite style, but this is a decent average beer for it.

Photo of JayNH
3.8/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a large foamy head. Good head retention.

S- A very mild scent. Sweet and bready with a slightly fruity green apple scent. Balanced out with a bit of an earthy hop note.

T- Flavor is incredibly bland. This brew takes no chance of offending the palate. A bit of watered down bready malt and rice. A hint of earthy hoppiness lingering in the background.

M- Smooth, light bodied, carbonation level is appropriate.

D- Very good. It is what it is.... an easy drinking belly wash beer.

Photo of marc956
2.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to hate everything Budweiser stands for but I have gotten used to this beer. If you can get used to the "beechwood aging" it's better than a lot of people give it credit for but it's still overrated. Not enough hops for me personally but as such it's easy to drink 6 or more

Photo of Duhast500
2.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearence is very pale, and the head is white but slightly thin.

The smell is of malt and barley. There is also a slight hop smell in the background.

The taste is crip, with a bit of a corn & rice flavor. A very light hop taste does try to poke it way into your taste buds but is slight at best.

I always look to this beer as the old standard. It is my first ecperience ever with beer and is always a beer that i will go to from time to time. Hopefully it will never change.

Photo of dasenebler
2.44/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really not much there in terms of this beer, but I wasn't expecting a lot, so I can't say I was disappointed. Pale-yellow color, soda-like head dissipates to nothing. Lots of bubbles. Aroma of musty hops, cheap grain and bread.

Taste is okay, not too offensive. Musty, sweet flavor, bready. Too fizzy. Not a whole there. Easy to drink, refreshing when ice-cold.

Budweiser is definitely guilty of false advertising, with all of the commercials and "lager lessons" b.s. that make the beer seem that it's the best in the world. At least they don't lie on the can: "choicest hops, RICE and best barley malt." There's a little exaggeration there though. Bottom line is that there are cheaper and better beers. Sorry AB, or I guess I should say inBev.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a small crumbly head

Aroma is malt and hops balanced and some slight skunkiness not anything bad

The taste is mediocre. Nothing to complain about at all. Fresh tasting and nicely balanced, pretty light on the hops. There is some depth of flavour but not much. Hard carbonation and watery mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer no question.

Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
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